ITEM: VINYL 12" LP 33 1/3 RPM |
TITLE: Living in the 70s
COUNTRY PRINTED: OZ
CAT No: MUSHROOM, L-35299 (1974)
COVER: Gatefold (Grade at EXCELLENT+) 2 small tears on back opening
INNER COVER: Original Company (Grade at NEAR MINT+)
LABELS: (Grade at NEAR MINT)
VINYL: (Grade at strong VG+ to EXCELLENT-)
LIVING IN THE 70's
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE REVOLUTION
YOU JUST LIKE ME 'COS I'M GOOD IN BED
HEY, WHAT'S THE MATTER
”CLASSIC” LINE-UP OF PERSONNEL:
Graeme "Shirley" Strachan - Lead Vocals
Redmond Symons - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Bob "Bongo" Starkie - Guitar
Greg Macainsh - Bass
Imants Alfred Strauks - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Skyhooks were an Australian rock band of the 1970s, sometimes classified as a glam rock band, although this is mainly the result of the band's flamboyant costumes and make-up.
The name "Skyhooks" comes from a fictional organisation that appears in the film Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.
Skyhooks formed ca. 1973. They gained a cult following around Melbourne but a poorly-received performance at the 1974 Sunbury Festival saw the group booed off the stage. Soon afterwards, the original lead singer Steve Hill resigned. To replace him, the group recruited occasional singer, surfer and carpenter Graeme Strachan. The replacement of Hill by Strachan was a pivotal moment for the band, as Strachan had remarkable vocal skills, magnetic stage and screen presence. Alongside Macainsh's acerbic lyrics, another vital facet of the group's sound was the twin-guitar attack of Red Symons and Bob "Bongo" Starkie (younger brother of original guitarist Peter Starkie).
Adopting elements of glam rock in their presentation and with lyrics that presented frank depictions of the social life of young Australia in the 1970s, the band shocked conservative middle Australia with their outrageous (for the time) costumes, lyrics, and on-stage activities, with the result that six of the ten tracks on their debut album were banned by Australian commercial radio. Much of the group's success derived from its distinctive repertoire, most of which was penned by bassist Greg Macainsh.
Although Skyhooks was not the first Australian rock band to write songs in Australia, about Australians, for Australians (rather than ditties about love or songs about New York or other foreign lands), they were the first band to do so and be commercially successful, and the songs were set apart from much of the pop fare of the time thanks to Macainsh's mordant humour.
After initially only charting in Melbourne upon its release on 28 October 1974, their first album, Living In The 70's, went on to spend 16 weeks at the top of the Australian national charts from February to June 1975. It became the best selling Australian album ever up to that time with over 240,000 copies sold in Australia. A single lifted from the album, "Horror Movie", reached number one on the Australian singles chart for two weeks in March 1975. The follow-up album, Ego Is Not a Dirty Word, sold over 180,000 copies, and spent 11 weeks at the top of the Australian album chart from July 1975. The band's success was widely credited with saving the struggling Mushroom record label and enabling it to develop into the most successful Australian label of its time.
These albums were produced by Ross Wilson, former lead singer of Daddy Cool, which had been the most successful Australian rock group of the early 1970s. Wilson championed the group, signing them to a publishing contract and convincing Mushroom Records boss Michael Gudinski to give them a recording contract.
The success of Living In The 70's was somewhat due to the enormous support the band were given by the TV pop show Countdown, rather than support from radio — in fact, six of the tracks on the LP had been banned by commercial radio because of their sex and drug references. Despite the ban, and as a deliberate act of provocation to commercial radio, the ABC's newly established 24-hour rock music station Double Jay chose the album's fifth track, the provocatively titled "You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed" as the first track played on air on its first day of broadcasting on January 19, 1975.
Skyhooks went on to release three more studio albums, Straight in a Gay Gay World in 1976, Guilty Until Proven Insane in 1978, containing the well known hits "Women in Uniform" and "Why Dontcha All Get *ucked", and Hot for the Orient in 1980.
From 1975 to 1977, Skyhooks was (alongside Sherbet) the most commercially successful group in Australia, but over the next few years, Skyhooks rapidly faded from the public eye with the departure of key members, and in 1980 the band announced its break-up in controversial circumstances. The demands for the band to reform were successful in 1983, with a record sum of money being paid for each of the original members to play a series of concerts. Further reformations took place in 1984, and in 1990 the band finally recorded new material, Jukebox in Siberia, which shot to the top of the charts.
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